Pumpkin spice latte meets hot chocolate in this warming and healthy recipe
If you like pumpkin spice and chocolate flavor, this pumpkin spice hot chocolate might become your new favorite drink recipe for the colder seasons.
Imagine a dessert made with pumpkin and chocolate… but in a cup and with much less calories!
That’s what this satisfying hot cocoa is about.
It even contains a hidden vegetable, and because it‘s coffee-free, everyone will be able to enjoy these yummy flavors no matter what time of day.
That said, if you prefer a latte version, you can also add a shot of espresso as well.
Ingredients and swaps
The recipe we present here was carefully crafted to have the least amount of fat and sugar possible, while still having the taste and texture of a real treat.
However, if you don’t have any of the ingredients handy, you can easily substitute it for some of the choices bellow:
Canned pumpkin and homemade pumpkin puree are very convenient to make this recipe.
But if you don’t have any, you can just cook regular pumpkin and just blend it with the rest of the ingredients.
Optionally, you can use pumpkin spice syrup.
How to make pumpkin spice latte if you don’t have pumpkin purèe:
If you don’t have pumpkin purée, you can simply blend some steamed, backed or microwaved cooked pumpkins with the milk.
Make sure to peel before blending, so your hot chocolate gets a smooth texture.
For this recipe you may switch 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée for 1,7 oz. (50 gr.) cooked pumpkin without skin.
For this recipe, you can choose your preferred type of milk.
While I usually love using whole milk for my drinks, thanks to the simmering in the stovetop, this hot chocolate gets quite creamy even if using low-fat milk.
Sweetener of choice
Feel free to use the sweetener of choice.
Any type of sugar and neutral tasting sugar-free sweeteners work wonderfully to make pumpkin spice hot cocoa.
Maple syrup and date syrup taste great.
Alternatively, you can also blend pitted dates into your pumpkin mixture (roughly 3-4 per cup, depending on the size of your dates).
How to make sugar free pumpkin spice latte:
I personally use erytriol or xylitol for this pumpkin spice cocoa milk because they taste just as regular sugar, just with less calories and teeth friendlier.
Pumpkin pie spice
Adding pumpkin spice, with its cinnamon taste and hints from ginger and nutmeg makes you feel warm and cozy.
In addition of that, these spices provide antioxidants too.
How to replace pumpkin spice:
If you don’t have pumpkin spice mix at hand, you may flavor 2 servings of this hot chocolate with:
-half teaspoon grounded cinnamon
-a big pinch of ground ginger
-a small pinch ground nutmeg
-a small pinch of ground cloves
However, to get the perfect ratio every time, I recommend making this easy recipe for pumpkin spice.
Kids love this hot chocolate, even if they don’t usually like pumpkin.
However, many kids (at least mine) aren’t so wild about pumpkin spice.
If your kids aren’t fans of pumpkin spice either, you may switch the pumpkin spice for some plain cinnamon powder or even skip the spices all together.
Pure cocoa powder
Pure cocoa powder is the secret to give this latte a deep chocolate taste while still remaining light on the waistline.
Cocoa powder is also known as Dutch cocoa and it’s the unsweetened cocoa commonly used for baking.
And the cool thing is, cocoa doesn’t only make for an intense chocolate aroma and taste: it’s even considered a super food!
Can I replace unsweetened cocoa powder for hot cocoa mix?
If you only have sugared cocoa mix, you could switch every teaspoon unsweetened cacao for roughly (depending on the brand you use) the double amount of hot cocoa mix.
Then, you’d probably want to reduce the sugar by the same amount of sweet cacao you use (cocoa mix is for the most part sugar!).
For example – for this recipe, you may switch 2 teaspoons pure cacao for 4 tsp. cacao mix.
Then, you’ll probably need to reduce the sweetener by 4 tsp.
Since this recipe calls for 2 tablespoons sugar (which are the same as 6 teaspoons), you would only need to add around 2 teaspoon sugar if using sweetened cocoa mix.
We find that adding about 1/4 oz. (around 7 gr.) dark chocolate per serving makes for a richer pumpkin spice hot chocolate, but if you would like to save some calories, you can also skip it.
It still tastes great without adding chocolate.
Optionally, you may decorate with frothed milk and/or some ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
For a truly decadent version, top with whipped cream.
How to make keto pumpkin spice hot chocolate
It’s very easy to adapt this recipe to your diet type.
If you want a low-carb version of this hot chocolate, you only need to choose:
- A low-carb milk alternative, such as almond milk or coconut milk
- Sugar-free sweetener like for example swerve, xylitol or monk fruit
- Sugar-free chocolate (if using chocolate)
The rest of the ingredients (pumpkin, cocoa powder, pumpkin spice and optional whipped cream) are already keto-friendly.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to make a skinny pumpkin spice hot chocolate
- Prepare the pumpkin
This step is optional (only if you don’t have pumpkin purée).
Cook pumpkin following your preferred method (steaming, microwaving or baking).
When it’s soft, blend it (without skin!) with some of the milk.
- Gather ingredients
Put everything together in a saucepan and heat on medium until warm (avoid boiling).
- Assemble and serve
If desired, decorate with some milk froth (or whipped cream if you want it decadent) and/or pumpkin spice or powdered cinnamon.
Skinny Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Blender (only if using real pumpkin)
- Small saucepan
- 2 Tbsp. Pumpkin purée (or backed pumpkin) (roughly 50 gr. or 1,7 oz.)
- 2 Cups Milk of choice
- 2-3 Tbsp. Xylitol or sweetener of choice (the equivalent of 2-3 Tbsp. sugar)
- 2 teaspoons Unsweetened Cacao Powder
- ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- ½ oz. dark or semisweet Chocolate (optional) (around 17 gr.)
- Optional milk froth or whipped cream as topping
- (Optional, only if using baked or steamed pumpkin instead of purée):Blend the peeled and cooked pumpkin with a cup of milk.
- Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan.Heat on medium heat or medium-low while stirring or whisking until the chocolate has melted (avoid boiling).
- Serve as is or topped with some milk froth or whipped cream.
This pumpkin spice chocolate milk drink will satisfy your craving for a sweet treat, while keeping it relatively low in sugar.
So, if you are looking for a decadent while healthy hot chocolate, try this pumpkin spice chocolate milk recipe!